Ernest C. Withers House

Ernest C. Withers House (HM25SM)

Location: Memphis, TN 38109 Shelby County
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N 35° 3.83', W 90° 4.797'

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Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007) began his career as a photographer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Upon leaving the military, he opened a commercial photography studio and worked as a freelance photojournalist for Black newspapers and magazines such as Ebony and Jet, as well as Newsweek and Time. He photographed Negro Baseball League members including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Larry Doby, and Jackie Robinson. In 1955, Withers documented the trial of the two white men, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, accused in the murder of Emmett Till. In 1957 he photographed the nine Black students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Occasionally Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended some of the events he covered. He took pictures of Memphis' famed Beale Street musicians, Rufus Thomas, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. His work also captured the more ordinary life of Black Memphians.
HM NumberHM25SM
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 766291 N 3884022
Decimal Degrees35.06383333, -90.07995000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 3.83', W 90° 4.797'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 3' 49.8" N, 90° 4' 47.82" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 480 W Brooks Rd, Memphis TN 38109, US
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